N A T I V E G A R D E N S
Simply put, native gardens strive to use plants and trees that are native to the area where you’re gardening. There are great benefits for the eco-system (wildlife will love you), but be forewarned, it can be hard to ascertain exactly what plants are native and which ones are not if you’re going to be strict about it.
I think native gardens lend themselves to a more naturalized look so angles and formal-type order are uncommon (although you note how they accomplished that in the photo above). Once established, there shouldn’t be much maintenance beyond good clean-ups a couple times a year as well as keeping an eye out for particularly aggressive reseeders that may try to take over.
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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens photo
T R O P I C A L G A R D E N S
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